New York Giants: 3 Keys to Victory in Week 10 vs. 49ers

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Pressure Nick Mullens

It’s impressive what Nick Mullens did last week, playing in his first NFL game. Mullens would throw three touchdowns en route to a 34-3 blowout win against the Oakland Raiders.

The 49ers announced he’ll start a second consecutive game this Monday. The Giants cannot allow him to be comfortable in the pocket all game like the Raiders did.

The Raiders came away with zero sacks, allowing Mullens to survey the field and pick their defense apart.

For younger quarterbacks, blitzing is a nice way to get them out of rhythm. Most quarterbacks early in their careers need to adjust to different blitzing schemes, as the NFL is vastly different from college football.

The Giants will need to test Mullens early and often. If the pressure can get to him, turnovers could become a possibility for a Giants team who has just seven takeaways all year.

For the Giants, they’ve lacked a formidable pass rush all season. They currently have just 10 sacks, which is the second least in the NFL.

The good news for the Giants is, the 49ers have allowed 31 sacks as well this year, leaving an opportunity to sack the quarterback all game long.

If the Giants want to come out victorious this week, they must make Mullens uncomfortable in the pocket all game.